About NeVar


In the future this website's mascot and spokes-raven, NeVar, will tell stories about the Mt. Tom Range, particularly the Mt. Tom Area.

Ravens have been followers of our kind longer than recorded history and are a rich part of our folklore. To Indigenous Americans ravens are revered noble spirits: intelligent, adaptable, sociable.

And so the common raven was chosen to tell the story of the Mt. Tom Range and why the ridge that makes up the spine of Holyoke, Massachusetts, should be preserved largely as undeveloped open space.

Nature Trail

East of the former Robert Cole Museum, along the New England National Scenic Trail is the 3/4 mile loop called the Nature Trail. It is family friendly and self guided, aided by trail blazes and informational signage about species-rich micro-habitats, old growth trees, mountain top views, interesting geologic features, and a nearby abandoned 18 century quarry. Volunteers are needed help with this trail as well as those throughout the reservation’s 22 miles of hiking trails. Want to help? Contact the park superintendent at 413-534-1186.